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I would first like to say thank you for caring about the land and the natural resources that we all share. We are blessed with astounding natural beauty here in the Southeast. I grew up among that beauty in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greene County, Tennessee. Looking for salamanders in a creek or watching a monarch butterfly emerge from its chrysalis stir my awe and excitement just like sitting in a treestand in early October or chasing a gobbler through the mountains in late April. I am intrigued by anything outdoors. I have a passion to share my outdoor heritage by helping others properly manage their land to meet their wildlife and land management goals.
IT BEGAN WITH A PASSION
Everyone is born with an innate passion for something. If we are fortunate enough to combine our passion with what we've been placed in this world to do, wonderful things can happen. Some people are amazing doctors, others mechanics, teachers, care givers, or a whole host of other careers. My passion and purpose is helping people enjoy the full potential of their land and maximizing the benefits of that land for healthy ecosystems and the production of abundant wildlife populations. I've always loved everything about the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and I want others to have the opportunity to enjoy it as much as I have.
PASSION TURNED TO PURSUIT
It became evident to me there would be a great deal of knowledge that I must acquire to become a business owner, wildlife biologist, and an excellent land manager. I later discovered there was even more to learn than I imagined. I needed knowledge of soil science, chemistry, biology, animal anatomy and physiology, human dimensions, diseases, conservation history, ecology, forestry, agriculture, regulatory policies, economics, exceptional written and oral communication skills, ornithology, mammology, and the list goes on. The road was long, but I was committed. I first earned an A.A.S. in Small Business Management followed by a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with a minor in Forestry. After working for both state and federal agencies, I decided to pursue a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. I was blessed with the opportunity to conduct research on different methods of establishing and managing early successional plant communities and the impacts those establishment techniques had on habitat of various wildlife species. I've learned that being a well-rounded wildlife biologist that can help you meet your wildlife management goals will require a commitment to life-long learning. And I am committed. That's my promise and dedication to you, your land, and the wildlife that live on your land.
WHAT'S IN THE NAME AND LOGO?
The name and logo of Heritage & Habitat LLC is the culmination of my vision of the company's purpose. As a wildlife biologist, the word "habitat" is used regularly to discuss or define characteristics of the environment that are necessary for a particular species of wildlife to successfully survive and reproduce. It is my job as a wildlife biologist to help ensure all of those components are present on your property for your focal wildlife species no matter what your objectives are.
"Heritage" is something that is a part of who we are, that we take great pride in, and it can be passed down through generations. I think of heritage as our right to hunt, fish, enjoy the outdoors with friends and family, make memories, and to own land and manage it according to our purpose and in a way that makes it better than we found it. I believe heritage is something we endow on future generations, and I'm passionate about giving today's youth the opportunity to learn about and participate in outdoor activities and land management. I'm dedicated to ensuring future generations appreciate the land and can enjoy great outdoor experiences just like you and I do today.
The Heritage & Habitat LLC logo simply, yet explicitly, represents the entire purpose of what the company stands for; passing on love and appreciation for the land, the plants, the people, and all wildlife species from the land to the air.